Somerville, NJ Auto And Truck Collision, Jun 1955
FIVE TEEN-AGERS DIE IN AUTO CRASH.
Somerville, N.J. - (AP) - A car with six teen-agers returning from a ball game crossed the white center line of the highway to pass another auto near here, police said, and smashed head-on into a truck loaded with cement sewer pipe. Four boys and one girl were killed and a sixth taken to Somerville Hospital in critical condition.
State police said the fast-moving car and the trailer-truck, which jackknifed, crashed into an embankment after the collision on Route 206. Fifty pieces of the pipe hurtled into the air and landed on top of the car, crushing it. The motor of the car was shoved into the rear seat.
State police identified the dead as:
RALPH HORTON, 19, driver of the car;
FRANCIS TROUT, 26;
STEPHEN CHONKO, 17;
ROBERT LAWYER, 15;
LAWANDA SEROFINO, 17.
JAMES CORDICK, 17, was taken to Somerset Hospital in critical condition.
Altoona Tribune Pennsylvania 1955-06-22